Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Creativity takes Courage

The kids are almost done school and for my oldest it’s the end of high school!  This week is grad week, will be a busy and exciting week at my house!

It also means summer is here, no kids activities so more time for me in my craft space YAY!

We all do our crafts for different reasons, most of us do it primarily for ourselves.   When people outside this community see my work the first question they ask is do I sell my art.  My response is the same each time, NO.  Maybe I could and use the money to support my art but I never wanted this to feel like a job, it’s for me!  I get more joy sharing with all of you, than I could ever from selling my pieces.  Now maybe if I had an offer to buy a piece I would consider it…….but I’m pretty attached to each piece, not sure I could see them go!

The next question they ask is what do I do with all the items I create.   Well some are gifts for special family or friends, the occasional piece makes it way to the store so you can enjoy it while you shop.   I would love to say I have walls and walls covered throughout my house displaying them, sadly I don’t have much usable wall space.  But when we refinished the basement I claimed one wall just for my art!

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I purchased some photo shelves from IKEA and use them collage style to display my art.  I have more wall space that can be used up, but I need to get some picture hooks.  I actually had to take a few canvases down for the photo & to make space for the project I’m sharing today!

I wonder if any of you spotted the newest work in my collection?

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I have to say that I had a lot of fun with this project and could never imagine parting with it!

I’ve been trying to use some older supplies from my stash, those items I’ve been hoarding for years, along with new items.  These Tim Holtz pulley wheels and this chunky canvas have been waiting to be paired up for so long.  I think they’re much happier now too!

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One of the thinks I love most about mixed media is the challenge to combine ‘found objects’ along with my scrapbooking supplies.  Not long ago our stereo died, so I pulled it apart and salvaged a bunch of fun pieces to use, I’ve incorporated some on this canvas.

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As you can see while you look at the different pieces I incorporated you will find a number of different embellishments.  That pointing hand for example is a piece of chipboard I found in my stash, but can’t even remember where it came from LOL

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There’s a fair bit of fun pieces on this project look around, see how many you can recognize, or even have hoarded in your stash!

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The pipe looking pieces are by Prima, and I know Lori had one set left at the store when I was there last weekend.  Who’s going to snatch those up?

If you’re wondering what I used for the base of the light bulbs, they are from an old socket set my husband didn’t need any more.  He shared a jar full of fun bits & bobs with me! :)

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This canvas and all it’s pieces have many layers of paint on them.  I always like to start projects like this with everything the same colour, so I painted it all with black gesso.  Then I mixed up a dark green paint to cover the entire project, though it still kinda looked black.

I pulled out my Finnabair Metallique paints in emerald green and deep waters to add some brighter colour.  Then I added a mix of her Red and Brown Rust Paste.  Once those layers were dry I dry brushed the Brass Paste from her Patina pastes.  Love how the bright pop of green looks, and the brass really highlighted all the texture!

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So does creativity really take courage?  I think so, it takes courage to start, to share & to let go and try something new.

Have the courage to play & create for no one but yourself, because that’s what really matters!!

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This post was written by Lisa on June 24, 2018


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